Police say a local woman is still in a critical condition at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle following a two-car crash on the A595 near Egremont on Wednesday.

The 59-year-old was airlifted to the hospital in a critical but stable condition after her Ford Ka was in collision with another car, driven by a 41-year-old local woman, who was treated for injuries at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Part of the major route was closed on Wednesday afternoon after the collision at Clint's Brow. Emergency services were called at about 3.20pm.

Two fire crews attended and used hydraulic equipment to rescue one person who was trapped. The casualty was then handed into the care of paramedics.

The road was closed in both directions, between Egremont and Bigrigg, for six hours.

A diversion was put in place and motorists were ask to avoid the area.

A spokesman for Cumbria police said: “The road was closed for six hours while a travel collision investigation was undertaken and vehicles were recovered.”

Any witnesses to the incident are asked to call 101, quoting log number 134 of February 6.